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Accused dog tosser arrested for soliciting prostitute

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A man accused of animal cruelty for tossing a dog over a fence at a local shelter is back in trouble with the law. This time he's charged with solicitation of prostitution and public intimidation of a police officer.

According to the arrest report, Richard Hawn, 39, was arrested by a Baton Rouge Police officer on Friday, Nov. 15. The officer claims Hawn attempted to solicit sex from a woman behind an abandoned business located in the 6200 block of Airline Hwy.

The officer noted in the report that the female admitted that Hawn paid her $10.00 to perform oral sex on him, to which she agreed. Hawn, however, denied the allegation when questioned.

In addition, when the officer placed Hawn under arrest, he allegedly threatened to get the officer fired from his job. He was issued an additional charge for public intimidation.

Hawn is currently awaiting trial for a charge of cruelty to animals. He was arrested in August 2012 after he was identified from surveillance video, which showed a man tossing a dog over the fence at CAAWS, Capital Area Animal Welfare Society.

He pleaded "not guilty" to the charge on Oct 9, 2013 and was issued a public defender because he "could not afford to hire council." His court date is scheduled for January 6, 2014.

Hawn is currently being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a bond of $2,500.

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